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I know this might sound edgy, but here I go anyway. I've been thinking about human predictability a lot lately. It seems to me that with a lot of things people seem to follow some kind of program, like their actions and words are automated and not their own. This is both on a day to day basis, and during unusual events. It's not just going through the motions, it's too exact. Let me use an inevitable event as an example: the death of Miyazaki. Thinking about this is actually what triggered this train of thought. When Miyazaki dies, I can already tell what will happen in far too exact detail. At first everybody will be in shock, but then they'll once again go into autopilot… Big news sites and tabloids alike will all publish the same article as each other about what a great man and inspiration he was and how he shaped the dreams of children and all of that white noise. People on social media will talk about they watched his movies as kids and how upset they are. Some people will make memorial videos on youtube talking about how great he was and they'll all go on and on like they're reading the same script, but slightly doctored to give the illusion of diversity. Ghibli will make a statement about it and maybe even make something in memorial to him. Right after that blip in time, it'll be gone and people will almost instantly snap back into their regular programming. That's it. It didn't even happen, and yet the feeling of it is already palpable. I wouldn't be too surprised if all of those articles were pre-written. My point is it's not like Ghibli will use their remaining funds to build a plane and kamikaze it into the United Nations head quarters. This example is just on the big scale, but I see it everywhere. Am I alone in this, or does anybody else feel it?
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Huh, I personally have never experienced any desire to protect my identity because my identity always felt completely natural to me. I acknowledge to myself that I put on a facade around other people. I know that that's not the real me, it's the me I present to other people. This in itself a facet of my identity, the fake identity and desire to maintain it. Maybe it's because I always have spent so much time in my head, but I always saw a very clear and absolute line between my true self and who I present to the outside world. I even put on a mask when using ubuu. The mask is closer to who I really am, but I certainly withhold information. I do this as a defensive mechanism against other people because I know my true self has a lot of off putting qualities. It has nothing to do with a desire to fit in, it's a desire to not stand out. In an argument, I always start by being almost certain of my position. If the other person starts to beat me in the argument, I have a tendency to bend the definitions of words and logic to try and twist things so that i'm still right. If I fail to do this, I might actually change my perspective on something. I don't feel that defensive about my identity. I have no problem with the notion that in ten years I might be totally different. The hope that life might make me a superior person to who I am now is actually comforting to me.


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I don't know, I guess with human predictability, the reason it seems so predictable is because for every situation (in the example you give for instance), there is a limited amount of possible reactions. This is especially relevant to culture. The way humans react must in some way be shaped by our culture, values, self preservation, communal perception etc, so I feel to some degree, reactions will only fall into a certain general set. This set might be diverse—in the case of mourning, think of how many view death in the context of reincarnation—but it will ultimately have a general feel. Thus, it's probably best to look for the subtle nuance in how we react, and to be genuine. Being contrarian doesn't make sense as a general life strategy, but being critical and sincere in your thought and will at least allow you to understand our predictability.



>> In an argument, I always start by being almost certain of my position. If the other person starts to beat me in the argument, I have a tendency to bend the definitions of words and logic to try and twist things so that i'm still right. If I fail to do this, I might actually change my perspective on something.

>>I don't feel that defensive about my identity. I have no problem with the notion that in ten years I might be totally different. The hope that life might make me a superior person to who I am now is actually comforting to me.

Isn't that moment of maintaining correctness still in some deep rooted way preservation of identity? I guess realising that your opinion changes and that you put on a mask, as well as fundamentally understanding your self preservation in argument negates that to a degree, but I'm not sure it totally separates your identity from your opinions.


I do that because I hate losing. I have a stubborn streak and it extends to other things.


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>The way humans react must in some way be shaped by our culture
Why is that a necessity? There lies what my problem fundamentally is. All humans experience the emotion of grief in the same way. The feeling is consistent, yet the reaction to it is not. Is mourning a cultural exercise, or a personal affair? Common practice in society is inevitable and necessary in some cases, I understand this, but the way in which we mourn in modern society rubs me the wrong way. There is nothing natural about it as it is only possible because of technology. There is no diversity in society's reaction to something. The diversity you speak of is from one society to another, it is not from individual to individual. Mourning is an emotion that is experienced by an individual and an individual can only truly feel their own pain. Because of this I feel that the emotion should be reacted to individual(or with people who you actually have a strong relationship with). No click bait articles, no capitalizing on the object of mourning, no social media posts. I believe that these practices cheapen death and turn it into a digital circus act for people to gawk at and feign empathy for. Even if participating is a, "good life strategy", I want no part in it and it disturbs me.

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When I was a kid I used to kill ants for fun. The methods in which I did this were peculiar enough for me to want to post about them. Just to be clear, I have never hurt any other animals, nor have I wanted to do so as a kid. Besides insects and spiders, I actually love animals. Ants were in a strange sort of limbo for me because while they weren't large enough for me to be afraid of them, I still could not feel even a shred of empathy for them. Being in this limbo is what allowed killing them to be fun to me.

My favorite weapon of choice was a serrated butter knife and my favorite method of killing was to very slightly tap them with the flat part of the blade. Even the tiniest bit of force would cause sever damage to them. I would scout for a victim and once they were selected let them know of my presence by tapping the knife on the ground near them. I would chase them around for a while before finally landing a blow. After the first tap they wouldn't be able to run anymore, but they would still keep moving. A lot of the time their antenna would be bent and some of their appendages would be broken. I would let them walk around a little before tapping them again and again and again until they stopped moving. Here's the first interesting observation that I made about their behavior. If an ant is still capable of moving it's body, but it is sure of its own death, it will curl up into a ball and twitch until it stops moving. Most of the time I tapped them to death before this could occur. The second method of killing would be to simply cut them in half, which required more coordination than I thought it would. I was surprised to discover that if cut low enough, they would continue to walk around after. On some occasions, I thought I saw some kind of trail of flesh following behind them.

I discovered a few, "human", like traits in the ants behavior, although, I may be projecting. For instance, ants that have been cut in half seemed to display more erratic behavior than tapped ants. They were more aimless and frantic in their movements. The reaction of ants to them was also far greater than tapped ants. Ants seem to show some form of fear. Besides killing ants, I also used the knife to both illicit a reaction from them and push them from one location to another. When two healthy ants were pushed into each other they always panicked greatly when put into contact with each other. This panic was far greater when one of the ants was damaged in sPost too long. Click here to view the full text.
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I remember now that after a few hours of killing ants, when I went to bed at night that day and closed my eyes, I would see countless ants crawling on a floor and totally covering it. It was like when I played the game boy non-stop and couldn't help but have the image of the game screen in my mind when trying to fall sleep.


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Nah, you aren't a psycho. I used to do the same with grasshoppers, like cutting their limbs and seeing how they react, beheading, I even made a forest of impaled grasshoppers à la Vlad III and I'd drop the others there to see how they reacted before making them join the party.
Nowadays I regret being such a cunt with the poor things, but at the same time I understand I did it because I lacked empathy, and I simply lacked empathy because I was a child. You'd be surprised, but kids are just like that, they… kind of lack the idea of being in the shoes of the other, so they will remorselessly kill and torture bugs without a whit of regret simply because they don't think they are doing anything wrong. We usually gain a sense of empathy around 9 or 10, I think. I remember reading about this once but can't quote the source.

As for the behaviour of your ants, they work with pheromones. I think the others tended to avoid that place because they can spread a smell that's basically like "If you walk about this place you're going to die". As for moving so erratically when tapped, I think it wasn't so much fear as pain. I'm not entirely sure they can sense fear, however I'm no specialist.


That makes a lot of sense, but as I already said, I had no desire to hurt any other animal, so I do think I had some concept of empathy. Looking back on it I don't bad, just sort of intrigued. That might be because I am dead scared of all insects. I can't bring myself to empathize with them because they seems like monsters to me. I stopped killing them out of boredom.
>I think the others tended to avoid that place because they can spread a smell
That makes a lot of sense, but I also feel that ants must also react to visual stimuli, as the one that stumbled upon the ant grave did. That also doesn't explain the utterly callous way that healthy ants reacted to injured ants. The healthy ant wouldn't run away to some place totally different, they just avoided the dying one. In my last story, behavior of the ant became more erratic even without additional pain. I think ants are more complicated than people give them credit for.


I think it's easier to empathize with a dog or a cat because we're surrounded by them constantly and told they're living beings, and also we can see them defending themselves if we try to harm them, which may discourage us of doing so because a) it can hurt us b) we can see plainly it hurts them. Back then I had a cat and I really loved them (in fact I still do love animals in general), but I didn't flinch my eyebrows while bisecting grasshoppers, crushing ants, or tearing earwigs apart, simply because I couldn't recognize anything on their features that indicated pain, though somehow I acknowledged they were suffering since I was testing how they reacted to my little garden of legs and heads.

>I can't bring myself to empathize with them because they seems like monsters to me.

I've actually come to love insects for this. They're as alien as you can get on earth.

>That makes a lot of sense, but I also feel that ants must also react to visual stimuli, as the one that stumbled upon the ant grave did.

I'm not saying they don't react to visual stimuli, but most ants have really poor sight, and some species are even completely blind (it'd be interesting if we could track what species were you playing with). Here's more info on the composition of their eyes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant#Head
On the same article there's more info in #Communication about how they use pheromones.

>In my last story, behavior of the ant became more erratic even without additional pain. I think ants are more complicated than people give them credit for.

I wish I could go deeper on this, but I've never actually studied animal behaviour (other than my experiments). I think ants are more complex than we think too, but we've managed to crack most of their basic traits and can predict their activity with a fair amount, of accuracy (though not perfectly).


I'm sure I got some kind of sadistic glee out of it. Even now I have a tiny bit of those tendencies. Well, whatever.
>it'd be interesting if we could track what species were you playing with
I have a suspicion that they might be pavement ants. My kitchen was directly connected a patio. I sometimes saw ants slipping through the separating door. The location and behavior seem to match, but on the patio itself I only ever saw really tiny brown ants, so that kind of throws me off.

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The 4400 is just a shitty version of Jojo. I don't know whether you heard of the 4400, here's a summary: 4400 people are abducted by aliens over varying points of history. All of them are returned to earth at the same time and they're all the same age as when they were abducted. When they land they have special powers for some reason. Every person has a unique power that is somewhat reflective of their personality. The show itself follows a special police force made to monitor the 440 and apprehend any of them if they cause trouble. The show starts of being episodic with them finding and arresting various dangerous 4400 members. Shit starts to get more convoluted when scientists figure out that the powers are caused by some green ooze and if people inject that into them self they can either develop powers or die. Somehow this green ooze start being distributed illegally. The police team now also has to combat any person who developed powers and uses them for criminal actives. All of the powers are kind of dull like making people do what you want, or killing people around you when you get stressed, or never forgetting anything. Nothing very interesting. People don't use them in creative ways. The story gets more and more convoluted with time travel and mind control and eventually some guy gets the power to make the people around him either die or also get powers and the whole thing becomes a massive cluster fuck that didn't even get a proper conclusion because it got cancelled. Has anybody else watched this train wreck?


No, but it sounds stupid as fuck.


>a shitty version of Jojo
As if jojo wasn't already shitty enough


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You don't even know the start of it. One guy gets the power to make shitty b movies that predict the future. When time travel starts being part of everything, people are basically sent back through nanobots. So they don't actually go back in time, they possess people in our time with the nanobots. So there starts being this conspiracy aspect because the police team doesn't know who's real and who isn't. Everybody like Bill Gates and Steve Job gets replaced. The people from the future are all a bunch of rich capitalists who don't want the Earth to be healthy, because they control all of the natural resources. The aliens are actually also people from the future who oppose the rich capitalists and want to do so by making the world better by giving people super powers. One of the original 4400 was like a rich guy, but then he got killed off, and then he inexplicably was resurrected by the good future people. After his resurrection he starts acting like a Jesus type prophet who wants to spread the ooze everywhere and, "purify", the world of people who would die from the ooze. The baby of two of the 4400 has ultra special powers. She basically turns into an adult by turning her mother into a really old woman. She then starts having a really weird sexual relationship with one of the police force members. She ends up being used by the evil future people, but ends up killing them at the expense of killing herself. There's so, so, so much more.
Take that back.


The first episode. The audio goes out a bit at the beginning, but it's mostly fine. I fucking dare you to try to finish it.

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lol yume nikki edgy


Get the fuck out, nobody cares.

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Are you an anon that can take it easy?


I love you. I wish you were my daughter.

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Does anybody else remember blind mute loli? Man, that shit was soooo good.
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Yep. This kind of thinking is everywhere, so it kind of pisses me off a little. I hope that one day the majority of people will see things my way.


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What I find very funny is that the story posted by OP is pretty much about a guy who adopted a blind and mute girl and the hardships they went through to be happy family.
But no, the word "loli" is on it so it obviously is for pedos!!! And I'm not changing my opinion.


Kek, you were so calm and nice in that thread. It was fun chatting with you about morality. I don't even care much for the topic of snuff films but the general discussion of morals we had has kept me thinking for a long time.

No point in really fighting people like that though. Let's face it, most anti-loli people tend to be actual pedophiles, much like the male feminists who preach to other men about how every other guy is abusive to women but them and then it comes out that they treat women way worse than most normal men do. Or the guy who bashes gays and then turns out to be gay.

That anon likely masturbates furiously to jailbait "barely legal" mainstream porn while looking down on people who do the same with loli.


Finally got a chance to finalize it and I must say that it was quite good. However I still prefer nurse-kun a bit more.
It's a shame this kind of story-threads aren't possible anymore because anything too bloggy is instantly rejected and people prefer to indulge in greentext stories rather than narrate something good.


It's like the difference between instant noodles and a hearty stew. One is more fulfilling, and the other is more addictive. It's a shame that people only want the same junk over and over again now.

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Did anyone else watch Gakkou Gurashi? People had a really mixed reaction to it, but I thought it was pretty good. Pretty depressing. Really didn't like the fan service episode, but it didn't ruin in for me.
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https://youtu.be/Clhk7dSOWjA (1)
https://youtu.be/YQGJIp44l4w (2)
https://youtu.be/idt4e8ScbEU (3)
This guy is really good too.
Oldie, but a goodie. AVGN has been a lifeless corpse for a while now, but James's movie reviews are relatively decent.


The only worthwhile thing egoraptor ever has and ever will produce.



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I meant those often opinionated and rough-looking type of videos that he posted.
On the conspiracy part side, silly stuff like this:
Those analysis type of videos that are often void of any real opinion and narrated by monotone britbongs (take CGP Grey for example) and often suffer from overediting aren't my style. On the other side, i also like analysis-type of videos that keep it short (under 15m) and have humor to fill in the exposition intervals (something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6ju5UGN9XM). Your links are some good stuff though.


Yeah, those type of informational videos are kind of dull. They're good if you just want to learn about the subject, but they aren't that entertaining. I personally prefer longer analysis videos because those feel like i'm going on a journey. While I can kind of understand why you would have nostalgia for mediocre, poorly edited stuff as that is becoming a bit of a rarity, i'm glad that people have moved past that. People bitch and moan so much about how things aren't how they used to be, but they forget that content on the internet is better now than it ever has been before.

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What piece of fiction best portrays the life you want to live?
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Probably The Garden of Words, because I really need someone with slight issues of their own so that they would (in the world of fiction) accept me and my issues, and that it's an older woman MC-kun ends up with is even better.


Cutting off slowpoke tails for money, breaking into people's houses, and extorting money from children don't seem that innocent.


I know it's a kid's game and shit, and I'm looking at Pokemon as a cynical adult, but overall it's pretty innocent. The parents in that world are dumb as hell though. The Pokemon world must be a molester wonderland.

>Child Molester Bill wants to battle

>Female Rapist Jill wants to battle
>Serial Killer Maddox wants to battle
>Genital Mutilator Sally wants to battle
>Creepy Pedo Pedro wants to battle
>Schizo Sheen wants to bette


Kino's Journey. The original.

That or uhhh shit

was there ever a book that was about some dude who lived in a cabin in the woods with someone he loved and wrote?

Doubt it, sounds uneventful for fiction.


kemono friends

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Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. Every year I like to stay up late watching something horror related while occasionally glancing into the empty street outside my window. Last year I watched the first four episodes of Higurashi and I loved it. I already finished the series and I don't feel like repeating it. I'm looking for suggestions of what I can watch this year(preferably anime). I also already watched the corpse party ovas. Thank god I didn't waste a Halloween on that shit.
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We don't even have a special theme.


Two Halloween posts so far, two…


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nothing but lurkers in here…


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Well, honestly >>17992 has a point, our userbase is small and as such it's hard to make something relevant other than a post wishing people a happy Halloween, which most people here don't seem to do.

Anyway, happy halloween people.


I was hopin' for div shenans again. Ah well.

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Tell me about interesting things that happened when you were in school. In elementary there was this one kid who was always swearing and making dirty jokes. He one time asked a bunch of other kids if they would rather watch their parents have sex one thousand times or join them one time.
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fuck man i you guys had some cool shit going on.

i think the most exciting story i have was when…………….

fuck nothing interesting ever happened ;_;


This isn't a story that has to do with school, but I was a kid at the time and it did have to do with classes of a sort. I used to take Karate lessons around the time that I was in middle school. I didn't have much of an interest in it, but I kept going every week and getting through it on account of my parents. Two years into it a new kid who was a bit younger and much shorter than me starts showing up. It was immediately clear that he was a belligerent little shit. He ignored the instructor's directions and constantly questioned them. He would always kind of taunt them when we had to do, "line drills". He made direct eye-contact with them when we had to step forward and punch so it seemed like he was directing the blow at them. He had the douchest shit-eating grin imaginable too which he constantly did. The instructors obviously hated him, they were always complaining amongst each other, but they couldn't do anything because they didn't own the fitness club. Every time they brought it up with his coddling mother she tried to excuse him by saying that he has emotional problems or whatever and that she'll try to get him to stop, which she never did. One day we're doing a partner drill where one person punches and the other person steps back and blocks. I have the misfortune of being partnered up with the shit smear. Before we start he gives me that fucking smile and stares right into my eyes. I don't know how intentional what happened next was on my part to this day, but I do know that i'm glad I did it. On the first count right as I launch the punch, when the other person is supposed to step back and he would easily be able to do so if he was paying attention, my fist slams into his jaw. I can still vividly remember the instant change from smirk to grimace on his face. He starts sobbing immediately. Apparently a few of his baby teeth were knocked loose. I start apologizing profusely over and over again, and I think that at the time I was genuinely sorry. The instructor who was there tried to feign concern, but you could tell they were kind of happy. Never saw the kid again.


>was that kid who made comics out of my doodles
>was that kid who EVERYONE knew because of my autism
i miss being 14 - 16

am 27.


Our high school's auto-shop class was towards the back corner of the school adjacent to the outskirts behind the football field.

One morning we were all outside power washing the floor when we hear a very loud and slightly slurred, "FfffFFUUUuuUUCK yewww……." and we all sort of look around trying to figure out where it came from.

Around the corner a few moments later comes a very fat and quite intoxicated mexican young adult on a bicycle. He has a large backpack and an acoustic guitar wrapped around him, and he is swerving heavily. As the bikes handlebars dipped closer to the ground on either side of him and he overcompensated time and time again,

"ffFFUUuuck *YOU*…BITCH!"

And he reaches the gate, exiting the school grounds

"FUCK you faggot PO-LICE!"

he shouts, and on he goes around another corner and out of our sight.

We stare at each other in disbelief for another few moments, but before we can return to our task, around the corner comes another something: A very fat and sunglassed security guard driving a "SECURITY" golf cart that is clearly straining under his weight to keep up, sagging and bouncing heavily at every pothole or unevenly paved surface.


Nothing interesting ever happened to me in school, but some of my colleagues had interesting background stories. One of them was a colleague from another class in high school. She came from Brazil when she was just a young child. Back when her parents still lived in Brazil they inhabited in a good and safe neighborhood. One day their neighbors' kid with around the same age as my colleague disappeared without leaving any trace. For a short time people there believed that he might have left home and get lost (or maybe hoped it was so). Then one day a small box arrived to his parents' mailbox. Inside was a child's fingers, presumably their son's. There was no explanation note, no sender info, no ransom, no calls with threats, nothing at all. Someone was doing that just because they wanted. Her parents moved to another country that same year in fear their kid could be next and to give her a safe place where to grow up.

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